Chelsea/Vershire/Corinth/Tunbridge/Washington COVID-19 Mutual Aid NEED & VOLUNTEER Sign-up
This list is being compiled by Kate MacLean and a team of community organizers in Chelsea and the surrounding towns to share with others who are physically and emotionally available for mutual aid work around COVID-19 at the local level. We expect that COVID-19 will come to our community, if it has not already. We are coordinating a public response as a proactive and reactive measure to protect and support each other, particularly our most vulnerable populations.
A top priority at this time is to reduce the spread of the virus by staying home. Another top priority is making sure that all community members have what they need to enable them to stay home, whether sick or healthy. That's where this survey comes in. Many other actions to make this feasible will need to come into play, but volunteer coordination is one clear path toward an appropriate societal response.
Efforts are still in the development process, but people have been reaching out to volunteer, so we wanted to start getting a list ready so people can be contacted as needs arise. We will not use or share the info you provide for any other purpose than COVID-19 organizing.
Thank you so much for looking out for others during a crisis that is reinforcing individualism in increasingly harmful ways. Safe distancing is important, but we also have to be able to hold each other, even when we're apart. We must model community-level responses. We must love and care for one another.
Important Note of Volunteers: Noting that you would like to be contacted about any of the work mentioned below does not constitute a hard and fast commitment. We know circumstances can be unpredictable. Checking "yes" just means we may get in touch if the need for volunteers or supplies arises. We greatly appreciate your help.
*Please note above language was borrowed from the Upper Valley mutual aid work in an effort to ensure cohesion and efficiency amongst our community response.
Name (and pronouns if you want to share them) *
Phone Number *
Where do you live? *
Do you request support/assistance or would you like to volunteer your time to support our neighbors in quarantine/self-isolation?
Are you currently in quarantine or self-isolated and would like care? If so, please indicate your needs.
Do you know of others who might need assistance and are in quarantine/self-isolated? If so, please list their name(s), where they live, and a good way to reach them!
Do you have children who would be impacted by a school closure and are in need of access to food?
Would you like to be contacted about volunteer opportunities that involve being outside, such as distributing groceries or delivering food and leaving it outside the doors of people on quarantine? (Note: risks and best practices will be discussed before any work is done. People over 50 and people with underlying conditions should be especially cautious in these times, so this option will not be right for everyone. Please do whatever you must to remain well.)
Do you have any medical experience, including herbal support, that you may be able to offer to help boost our immune systems, or volunteer at pop-up clinics and testing facilities?
Would you be interested in being part of peer-to-peer counseling via phone or online platform for those who are suffering from isolation or emotional crises?
Do you have surplus resources such as food, shelter, or transportation, to share for distribution? Temporary and/or remote jobs you could offer to other people? (It's ok if you don't know at the moment or if you don't have extra resources on hand.)
Are you willing to be contacted about making a financial donation to support mutual aid work related to COVID-19?
Yes, I can probably donate
Yes, I may not be able to donate, but can amplify the ask
No, I am not able to help out in this regard
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